<p>Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings in &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings in "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Covert War'

Elizabeth seeks revenge and Stan is confronted by his wife

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I make insurance...

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<p>Jane Levy as Tessa in the &quot;Suburgatory&quot;&nbsp;finale.</p>

Jane Levy as Tessa in the "Suburgatory" finale.

Credit: ABC

Season finale review: 'Suburgatory' - 'Apocalypse Meow/Stray Dog'

Tessa reacts poorly to news of Dallas and George's plan to move in together

A review of the two-part "Suburgatory" season finale coming up just as soon as my troubles melt away like so much provolone...

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<p>&quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;will return in August.</p>

"Breaking Bad" will return in August.

Credit: AMC

AMC announces 'Breaking Bad' will return in August

Final 8 episodes will be paired with 'Low Winter Sun' and 'Talking Bad' talk show

The final 8 episodes of "Breaking Bad" will debut on Sunday, August 11 at 9 p.m., one of many announcements made today at AMC's upfront presentation for advertisers.

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<p>Patton Oswalt guest stars on &quot;Parks and Recreation&quot;&nbsp;tomorrow night.</p>

Patton Oswalt guest stars on "Parks and Recreation" tomorrow night.

Credit: NBC

On 'Parks and Recreation,' Patton Oswalt gets his 'Star Wars' nerd on

In an extended outtake from tomorrow night's first episode, comedian riffs for 8 minutes about Luke Skywalker and... Thanos?

Tomorrow night, NBC is airing back-to-back episodes of "Parks and Recreation" at 9 and 9:30 ("The Office" gets the week off), and they're two of my favorite installments of the season. And yet the funniest part of either one isn't going to air at all.

In the first episode, titled "Article Two," Patton Oswalt guest stars as another Pawnee crackpot who gets upset at Leslie's proposal to eliminate some of the more outdated/racist/sexist laws on the town charter. Taking advantage of the laws still on the books, he launches into a citizen filibuster discussing his proposal for the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars" sequel, which somehow turns into a "Star Wars"/Marvel Comics mash-up halfway through.

In the episode itself, you hear a few lines of dialogue from it, but when the episode was filmed, "Parks" producer Dan Goor told Oswalt to just improvise something and they would edit it down as needed in the final cut. Oswald launched into an eight-minute rant that you can watch below. It's remarkable for the absolutely hardcore nerditry of it, for Oswalt's commitment to a bit that he knew would likely never air, and also for veteran improv comic Amy Poehler's gift for interrupting at just the right moments and with just the right observations. It's really remarkable. Enjoy, and I look forward to discussing both "Article Two" and "Jerry's Scrapbook" with you after they air tomorrow night.

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<p>Famke Janssen in &quot;Hemlock Grove.&quot;</p>

Famke Janssen in "Hemlock Grove."

Credit: Netflix

Review: Netflix tries horror with 'Hemlock Grove'

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Werewolves, vampires and mad scientists co-mingle in silly, overstuffed Eli Roth joint

As Netflix pushes into the world of original programming, it's easy to see why the streaming video giant picked up certain series. "House of Cards" had a two-time Oscar winner as its star, David Fincher as an executive producer and a look and feel that automatically put Netflix into the discussion with HBO, AMC, etc. "Arrested Development" (which will debut on Netflix in May) is a show that, while never a hit on FOX, was beloved then and has been among the most popular titles in Netflix's library.

With "Hemlock Grove," whose 13-episode first season will be released in its entirety on Netflix on Friday, you have to squint a bit to see why it was chosen. Yes, it's a supernatural thriller larded with teen angst, which has value in the age of "Twilight" and "The Vampire Diaries." And it has a movie pedigree as well: Eli Roth is an executive producer and directed the pilot, and the cast includes Famke Janssen and Dougray Scott.

But it's also a mess: a horror series with a weirdly slow build (you don't even see the lead werewolf character transform until the end of the second episode), a mix of campy performances and competent ones, and just enough intriguing ideas to make me wish the entire thing was a lot better than it is.

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<p>An Italian fantasy with Marshall (Jason Segel)&nbsp;on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

An Italian fantasy with Marshall (Jason Segel) on "How I Met Your Mother."

Credit: CBS

Review: 'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Romeward Bound'

Lily gets a job offer she tries to refuse, while Ted and Barney fixate on a woman in a big coat

A quick review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as my life turns into an angsty, existential Italian black-and-white movie...

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<p>Elisabeth Moss in &quot;Top of the Lake.&quot;</p>

Elisabeth Moss in "Top of the Lake."

Credit: Sundance

Series finale review: 'Top of the Lake'

In the mystery's conclusion, Robin gets answers but also more questions

Sundance just concluded its airing of "Top of the Lake," which I reviewed back in March. Now that it's all over, I have some spoiler-iffic thoughts on how everything resolved, coming up just as soon as there is no match for the tremendous intelligence of the body...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 177: 'Defiance,' 'Hemlock Grove,' 'Mad Men' & more

Dan and Alan also review HBO's 'Mary and Martha,' discus Roger Ebert's legacy and break down 'Cougar Town' and 'Go On' finales

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In what we believe is our longest Firewall & Iceberg Podcast episode ever, Dan and I got busy with a mix of premieres (Syfy's "Defiance," Netflix's "Hemlock Grove"), looks back (last night's "Mad Men" plus the "Cougar Town" and "Go On" finales), mail, plus an overdue retrospective on the career and influence of the late, great Roger Ebert.

Please note: We recorded this earlier today, and were literally saying our goodbyes when I first saw news of the tragedy in Boston. Our usual banter reflects that ignorance. If you're not in the mood to hear us bicker right now, we understand.

The lineup:

"Defiance" (00:00:50 - 00:15:10)
"Hemlock Grove" (00:15:15 - 00:31:45)
"Mary & Martha" (00:31:45 - 00:39:00)
Roger Ebert (00:39:05 - 00:50:00)
Listener Mail - Lead-Ins (00:50:15 - 00:59:35)
Listener Mail - "Game of Thrones" aging (00:59:45 - 01:07:50)
"Cougar Town" finale (01:08:00 - 01:14:55)
"Go On" finale (01:15:00 - 01:27:45)
"Mad Men" (01:27:50 - 01:52:50)

 

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>AMC is moving &quot;Hell on Wheels&quot;&nbsp;to Saturdays.</p>

AMC is moving "Hell on Wheels" to Saturdays.

Credit: AMC

AMC moves 'Hell on Wheels' to Saturday

Will the mid-level Western do better away from the channel's signature night?

When I wrote last week about the improbable problem of too much good TV, several of you noted that the problem is compounded by just how much of it gets concentrated on Sunday nights between 9 and 11. That's the night that HBO made its signature, and Showtime, AMC and others have followed. The new era of On Demand, streaming and multiple plays throughout the week makes this less of an issue for some, but if you like to talk about your favorite shows the day after they air — and if a lot of them air on the same night at the same time — it gets tricky.

AMC has already tried expanding beyond Sundays by moving its reality TV bloc to Thursday nights(*), and today the channel announced its first scripted move away from Sundays in quite some time, as the third season of "Hell on Wheels" will air on Saturday nights at 9, starting August 3.

(*) Which once upon a time was the home of "Mad Men," before AMC executives decided to move in on HBO's turf starting with the second season.

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<p>Elisabeth Moss as Peggy on &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy on "Mad Men."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'Mad Men' - 'The Collaborators'

Don and Pete's affairs get complicated, while Stan gives Peggy a tip

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I have your wig ready, ma'am...

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